Oh, the beautiful world of professional wrestling! It’s typically not taken as seriously as traditional sports, but that’s not what Vince McMahon envisioned. He was going for a product that produces heart-stopping moments in time. Those moments when triumph strikes and the fans go wild. Another of those moments happened last night as John Cena returned after over a year away, and the fabled company has one of its icons back in the fold.
Last night’s Money in the Bank pay-per-view (PPV) event was the first WWE PPV held with fans since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. And it of course was raucous, but that’s not what we care abiout. Sure, the event went well, with dramatic matches and interesting title retentions and changes, but the big story coming out of it was John Cena’s return.
To be clear, CM Punk said it best a number of years ago: “The WWE [makes the news] one of two reasons: 1. CM Punk is speaking his mind, and 2. Somebody died.” Now, CM Punk isn’t an active wrestler anymore, but his point still holds true today: Unless something momentous happens, the only time WWE is in regular news is when a big former star passes away. But John Cena returning? That’s something momentous.
Remember, John Cena has been one of the faces of the company for nearly 20 years. It goes without saying that anything he does in a WWE arena makes headlines, but returning to his adoring public after more than a year of radio silence is enough to make Houston’s Toyota Center explode:
Now, will the general public be very interested in what Cena does in the WWE going forward? Probably not. But, his return was one of those moments that sports fans live for. And after so much time of not getting any of those iconic moments because of COVID-19, it feels so good.